Run for Your Life, 07/23/78: Runners, including Willie Nelson, participate in Austin's annual Run for Your Life marathon benefiting cancer research
Pinball Wiz, 07/78: J.D. Beltran of San Marcos attempts to beat the world record for marathon pinball playing
Beltran ultimately played for 164.5 hours, but his title as world record holder was short lived. Edward Leyden, the competitor from Massachusetts, beat Beltran's record two days later by playing for 170 hours.
Water Ski, 07/78: A man attempts to break the world record for marathon water skiing
Clements - Election Night, 11/07/78: Election night coverage at the Sheraton-Crest Inn. Bill Clements won the governorship by fewer than 17,000 votes, becoming the state's first Republican governor since Reconstruction.
Interview with Republican candidate for Texas' 10th Congressional District, Emmett Hudspeth. Hudspeth lost to incumbent J.J. Pickle by a 52-point margin.
Various Standups, 11/78
Neon Sculpture, 12/16/78
Edward Albee, 11/31/78 Press conference with playwright Edward Albee
This unedited news footage for Austin's KTVV-TV (now KXAN) 36 Eyewitness News documents a variety of events in and around Austin between 1978 and 1979. Reporter Cynthia Carman covers stories about a record-breaking game of pinball, the election of Governor Bill Clements, and a press conference with playwright Edward Albee.
Willie Nelson was born in Abbot, Texas, on April 29, 1933. He is a world renowned country music singer and musician, as well as an actor, activist, and author. His most famous country albums include Shotgun Willie (1973), Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978). Nelson popularized the "outlaw country" subgenre along with Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, and has written some of the most famous country music songs recorded, including Patsy Cline's "Crazy," which he wrote at the ripe age of 19, "On the Road Again," and "Pancho and Lefty." His primary musical collaboration is with Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings, performing as the Highwaymen, among many others. Nelson was named the honorary chairman of the advisory board of the official music charity of the state of Texas, the Texas Music Project, for his philanthropic work in and outside the music community. He was also inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and received a 1998 Kennedy Center Honor.
Nelson has also advocated for marijuana legalization and biodiesel alternative fuel. He also founded the annual fundraiser Farm Aid, which benefits the local, American, small farmer, and has featured multitudes of musicians of different genres.